Freya & Us

Vessel Name: Freya of Wight
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanranger
Hailing Port: Portishead
19 November 2018
17 November 2018
07 November 2018 | Severn Beach - 7,563 NM
01 November 2018 | Leros, Greece - 7,563 NM
26 October 2018 | Didim - 7,526
18 October 2018 | Yalikavac - 7,526 NM
14 October 2018 | Bodrum - 7,464 NM
12 October 2018
10 October 2018 | Bozburun - 7,424 NM
01 October 2018 | Didim, Turkey - 7,323 NM
28 September 2018 | Didim, Turkey 7,323 NM
26 September 2018 | Didim, Turkey - 7,323 NM
23 September 2018 | Didim, Turkey - 7,323 NM
18 July 2018 | Severn Beach - 7,283 NM
10 July 2018
05 July 2018 | Lipsoi - 7,273 NM
26 June 2018 | Ikaria - 7,236 NM
14 June 2018 | Karlovassi, Samos- 7,150 NM
11 June 2018 | Samos - 7,117 NM
31 May 2018
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17 November 2018

2018 by the numbers

Seventh year of cruising completed. This year's numbers are:

07 November 2018 | Severn Beach - 7,563 NM

Istanbul

Freya's lift went smoothly and she was in her cradle by 09.30 giving us a full day to start ticking off all the jobs that put her to bed for the winter. We had a busy day and all went to plan until we removed the engine impeller and found a blade missing which means we have a lump of rubber somewhere [...]

01 November 2018 | Leros, Greece - 7,563 NM

Don’t Upset Manolis!

Our last night in Turkey was absolutely freezing in the northerly winds! The heater came out and every quilt and blanket was on the bed! Had we made a mistake sailing for a bit longer? The morning wasn't quite so cold and warmed up a little as the sun did it's bit and we got ready to go. We had to check [...]

26 October 2018 | Didim - 7,526

On Holiday

We got back to Didim marina about lunch time and were greeted with the same efficiency as before. Kevin and Dee messaged to say they planned a bbq for the afternoon and were on their way to collect us and so we popped into the cafe by the pontoon for a snack as we waited for them. Best laid plans etc, [...]

18 October 2018 | Yalikavac - 7,526 NM

Not exactly a fish but we caught something!

We started our day with a full English breakfast in Gumbet, when in tourist land and all that, and very good it was too. Then got the Dolmus in to Bodrum which wasn't really what we expected. It didn't feel like a tacky tourist town at all but had a very pleasant old town full of shops, some selling [...]

Wonderful Monemvasia

29 April 2018 | Leonidhion - 6,751 NM
Hot & Sunny
What a fantastic day we had exploring Monemvasia! Stunningly beautiful, really different, interesting - and views. Monemvasia is a lump of rock attached to the village of Yefira by a causeway. The medieval village of Monemvasia is completely hidden from the land on the other side of the rock and is completely fortified so that you walk along the causeway and around the rock and when you get there can still only see a gateway in a castle wall. Inside it's a magical old town full of very pretty twisting, narrow streets and cobbles. This bit is quite touristy now but being April wasn't too bad. After coffee with a fantastic view over the tiled roofs and out to sea we kept going up...... and up, very slippery cobbles to the upper town which is still in ruins apart from the church of Agia Sophia. Again, amazing views of the village below and out to sea. Onwards and upwards you come to the ruined castle at the top of the rock with 360 degree views of the coast. The walk up was rocky in places but through wonderful spring flowers. The climb down was very slippery on the well worn shiny rocks but we made it and found a lovely lunch in the shade with - yes, stunning views. After a bit more exploring and walking out to the lighthouse we went home exhausted. Great day.

After a trip to the supermarket we headed off again. This time 8 miles to Yerakas, a tiny fishing village up a creek leading to a shallow lagoon. The entrance to the creek is impossible to see from the sea and it appears that you're heading for a wall of rock but as you turn the corner you enter the creek with high cliffs on both sides, and around another corner is the pretty village with a quay at one end, a few tavernas and a row of fishing boats. We moored on the old ferry quay which we had to ourselves. Going to explore later we were told that the Mycean Acropolis of Xanax was just a 15 minute walk above the village. Another rocky walk, this time booby trapped by spiders building their webs across the path between the spring flowers only to catch us rather than their dinner, until we found the acropolis in a very impressive spot on the cliff tops. It had clearly been a huge site but was difficult to imagine as it was so overgrown. Still very interesting though - we love a good pile of old stones! And then back down through the gauntlet of spiders to a beer and fish cooked on the quay in the Cobb bbq - again very successful. Another great day.

Out next night's mooring wasn't as successful! We motored to Kyparissi, a really pretty, very Greek tiny village nestled at the bottom of the mountains full of white houses with blue shutters and terracotta roofs. We had been told not to moor on the town quay as it had little shelter but to go to one on the north of the bay. But it was so pretty and the weather so settled we couldn't resist. We were sure it would be fine! But the invisible swell built up overnight causing us to roll around and our lines to snatch - not much sleep that night - but it was very pretty!

The next morning we weren't sorry to move on early though! And we sailed! Properly, with both sails and no engine! Not quite in the right direction of course, and so lots of tacking involved, but it was fun for a couple of hours until the wind dropped and the engine came back on - but at least we could go in the right direction which was to Leonidhion 15 miles away.

The link to our map seems to be stopping people leaving comments on the blog, so I've removed it from these posts for now. I will be keeping it up to date so simply go to one of the special map only posts and click the link there to see it
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